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3D Mobile Augmented Reality Interface for Laboratory Experiments

DOI: 10.4236/ijcns.2016.94006, PP. 67-76

Keywords: Mobile Augmented Reality, Laboratory Experiments, 3D

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In fields such as science and engineering, virtual environment is commonly used to provide replacements for practical hands-on laboratories. Sometimes, these environments take the form of a remote interface to the physical laboratory apparatus and at other times, in the form of a complete software implementation that simulates the laboratory apparatus. In this paper, we report on the use of a semi-immersive 3D mobile Augmented Reality (mAR) interface and limited simulations as a replacement for practical hands-on laboratories in science and engineering. The 3D-mAR based interfaces implementations for three different experiments (from micro-electronics, power and communications engineering) are presented; the discovered limitations are discussed along with the results of an evaluation by science and engineering students from two different institutions and plans for future work.

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